Category Archives: Tour Stories

The Circle Sessions – FICTION REFORM


Among working class bands, there is an additional satisfaction that comes with every milestone. A big show, a great review, a small tour, maybe even some cash – these are the especially sweet cherries on top for the musicians that trudge along in an effort to play their songs in front of a receptive, reciprocating audience. The misconception by now, has long been dispelled. The imaginary backstage full of important folks and warm hospitality is usually a dusty corner, some cold, domestic beers and a second to collect your thoughts before it’s time to hit the stage. Glamor, far from it.

For Southern California’s FICTION REFORM, the grind is all too familiar. Between small clubs and bar shows, the band has earned mainstage performances alongside the likes of Misfits, The Vandals, and most recently, Social Distortion. In part, the reason the band has earned those coveted spots is because they figured out long ago that performing music was just the fun part of the job.

As a crucial part of the Basement Records family, front woman Brenna Red and bassist Danielle Lehman talk about remaining viable in the eyes of their fans almost more then they do about songwriting. Having music featured on multiple TV series including The Dudesons and Rob Dydek’s Fantasy Factory both on the MTV Networks, the ladies echo a sentiment that seems to resonate in everything the band does – taking the stage is the fun part, but that only seems to happen ideally, when the business of being in a working class band is in order first. To be in this band, you need to work, earn, then you get the reward of letting it all show on stage. Watch edition of the Circle Sessions featuring the ladies of FICTION REFORM.

Circle Sessions “Fiction Reform” Jan 2013 from Circle Sessions on Vimeo.

Ode To The Road – Part 2

Dead To Me, Off With Their Heads, and Riverboat Gamblers
Somewhere in the Middle of The Country With 36 Muffins

Killa’ Karl was nice enough to assume the duties of being an unofficial correspondent for Old Shoe while out on the road tour managing for our friends Riverboat Gamblers. Aside from being a bit of a creep, Karl manages to be that charming creep – you know, the one that tells a decent story and sometimes says the things we wish we could.

Here are a few more entires as the three bands travel across this great country in the middle of the Summer. While Karl doesn’t do a great job of detailing the shows, we can tell you that this will hit home for anyone who has ever lived out of a van in the throws of some of the worst weather known to man. You’ll laugh. For everyone else, you might cry. Either way, get familiar with all three bands – NOW. Continue reading

Ode To The Road

A Glimpse At Tour Life with Riverboat Gamblers, Dead To Me, and Off With Their Heads

Our good friend Karl Mathisen happens to know some folks in some high places. Karl is currently tour managing for one of the raddest, hardworking punk rock bands around in Riverboat Gamblers. The guys are in the thick of their Ol’ Smash and Grab Tour across the U, S, of A. For those of you still convinced that the life of a touring musician is full of groupies, glamour, and green – think again dipshit. Here is round one. We’re pretty sure Karl will squeeze out a few good stories from the weirdos across this great nation.

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